We were delighted to welcome Katie Davies as our guest speaker to the supper meeting on 26th September. Katie is the Regional Manager for Calan DVS which merged with Bridgend Women’s Aid in 2015.
Katie gave a most interesting overview of the work currently being undertaken in Bridgend and across South Wales to support the victims of domestic abuse. Calan DVS merged with Bridgend Women’s Aid in 2015 taking on the services and support previously provided by Women’s Aid. Katie explained that there has been a marked increase in the need year on year to help individuals – male and female – experiencing domestic violence. Since the merger they have created a working partnership with South Wales Police, Bridgend County Borough Council, Calan DVS’ Integrated Domestic Abuse Service and other agencies to deliver the best support to those in need. The team is based int eh Bridgend Civic Offices.
Bridgend Soroptimists have been involved in supporting local Women’s Aid for many years and are delighted to continue to do so through Calan DVS. President Helen presented Katie with a cheque from the club and thanked her for attending and sharing the evening with members. The club also pledged to continue to support Calan DVS in whatever way they can and asked that Katie inform us of needs as they occur.